The Kogi State Government has finally accepted doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, months after Governor Yahaya Bello rejected the vaccine.
WuzupNigeria reports that Bello had rejected the vaccines on grounds that he won’t allow his people to be used as guinea pigs. The Federal Government had also said that the vaccine won’t be forced on any state.
However, on Monday night, the state received about 16, 900 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine with vaccination scheduled to commence in the state on Tuesday.
Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, led a team of officials of the agency and Kogi Ministry of Health to receive the vaccines at the National Programme on Immunisation Unit of the State Central Medical Store, Lokoja.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after taking delivery of the vaccines, Yakubu said that the most awaited COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Kogi from Abuja around 7:40 pm. He also added that the state was well prepared for it.
”We have about 16,900 doses of the vaccine, and by tomorrow Tuesday, we hope to flag off the campaign in the Ministry of Health.
”The first-line of recipients of the vaccines are the health workers which will be demonstrated on Tuesday by 12 noon at the ministry.
”The vaccine administration will be followed by the frontline essential non-health workers like the police, military, NSCDC, Custom men among others,” Yakubu said
He added that the Ministry intended to carry out the campaign as efficient as it could because the state was a bit behind schedule compared to other states, which had almost completed their 10 days mandatory campaign for the administration of the vaccines.
Yakubu noted that the state was initially expecting about 45, 000 doses of the vaccines from NPHCDA, which accounted for one per cent of the total population of Kogi State.
”But to our surprise, we are being supplied with 16,900 doses now, I think there will be further reconciliation to send the balance of the doses as soon as possible,” he said.
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